This image shows a tohunga being fed by a young child. Some tohunga were thought to be so tapu that food would pollute their tapu. Traditionally, selected youths were trained in tribal knowledge by tribal experts, often in whare wānanga (houses of learning) or other, more specific, learning institutions.
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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer
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